February 14, 2016. Phoebe has reduced the price to $2500.
Contact Phoebe at: email@example.com
January 5, 2016 Yankee #78 is FOR SALE. This is the link to the Craigslist ad which is reproduced below
24' Cruising Sailboat Yankee Dolphin - $4500 (Alameda)
engine hours (total): 60
length overall (LOA): 24
Built by Yankee Yachts/Designed by Sparkman&Stephens
24' Cruising Sailboat Yankee Dolphin "Spectra" - $4500 (Alameda, Northern California) 24' SAILBOAT, Yankee Dolphin "Spectra." Fully equipped ready to enjoy. Located in Alameda, CA. Beautiful Sparkman & Stevens, Yankee Dolphin Sailboat in good condition, heavy hand laid fiberglass built by Yankee Yachts, ocean capable, built in 1966 and features classic bronze and teak trim, toe rail, and interior. Cruising full keel, draws only 3'. Condition good.
Mast and spars in good condition. Numerous sails, including main with reef points and working jib all in good condition. Standing and running rigging are in good condition.
Electronics were upgraded several years ago, with new panel, battery, and automatic bilge pump.
Full cruising gear package included, including life jackets, sailing harness and lifeline, extra lines and mooring gear, extra fenders and anchors, and too much other gear to list here.
The outboard 4 stroke engine has low hours and has been kept out of the water.Low maintenance fiberglass hull, with a classic Teak interior, dinette and bunks to sleep 4 people. Boat does need some interior and deck work.
This is a very enjoyable boat to own, in the water she feels very solid, and is easy to sail.
For more information please contact me at Reply (see link above). Serious inquiries ONLY.
$4,500 or best reasonable offer.
July 7, 2007. Phoebe McKinney has purchased Spectra and sent in some great pictures. This boat is 40+ years old and looks like she just came out of the box!
Look carefully at the combing. It is a glass coaming with a teak cap. We'll talk about this later.
Among Phoebe's various challenges with Spectra is consideration of a name change - a daunting affair. And while Spectra certainly is a pretty boat and hides her few problems well, she came with a few surprises that need attention. Phoebe had a post on the Forum and an email exchange with the webmaster. Spectra's "list" on needs are excerpted here.
Phoebe's questions were answered on the Forum - click here to go there
"Yes, Hull #78 is called Spectra, although I really hate that name and am planning a proper (pleas to Poseidan and all) renaming ceremony in the next several months.
I was planning to do a major haul-out/overhaul, but began to get cold feet when I saw that just the priority to do items would add up to around $5,000 - if I had a marine yard do most of the work.
So, I am going to try my luck and do all that I can as a true, knuckle-headed novice - this is what she needs -- any advice out there?
1) The rudder stuffing box is leaking and the bolt is stuck -- here's a dumb question - is it possible to replace the rudder stuffing packing when the boat is in the water, or am I asking for a big mess (in the form of a flood!
2) The chainplates are looking pretty sketchy and need to be re-glued, at least. Any experience on this or advice?
3) The centerboard is being eaten alive by rust - probably will have to be done by a yard -- has anyone else had problems with voracious rust eating entire (like the movie Jaws) chunks out of the centerboard?
4) The (OB) engine mounting block is apparently straining and weakening the transom -- think I'll try to tackle this one on my own -- again, any advice?
5) Oh yeah - the teak wood on my forward cabin hatch just split entirely in two - any tips for fixing it? I hate the thought of removing it (must o' been cuz I weigh a bit more than I used to???)
6) One final question (I know, I know -you can see that I am a real newbie) - I want to rig the boat for single-handed sailing - has anyone done this with their Dolphin?
Ok, what the heck, since I've asked you all for advice (and I'm sure there will be more cries for help coming your way), here's some pics of her -- just so you can see that she's awfully pretty and in pretty good shape overall -- and worth the TLC and effort ..."
A transom hung outboard complicates the name game...
Good Luck Phoebe. She may have a few problems but she sure is pretty! Notice the bronze winches, and a better view of the coaming.
The following pictures came from the on line photo album of previous owner Brent Adams. They give a good look at an early Yankee interior.
The arch makes the interior of the boat more open and look much bigger.
Main cabin - starboard side
There's that little Weems and Plath "Atlantic" oil lamp again. Standard Dolphin equipment
Let's take another look at Spectra's coaming
If one looks at the Roster - the hull numbers for Yankee boats that we have starting with #71 - Yankee had all wood coamings and did not introduce its fiberglass coaming until hull # 117, Velero. Erik Evans' Robin Lee, # 118, was Yankee's cover photo boat on their 1969 brochure. So, what's with this this boat?
Theory: Take a look at Don Barnett's Casandra Rose, O'Day # 56. Unlike the first Yankee built boats which were all wood on an O'Day supplied bare hull, Phoebe was probably the 3rd or 4th boat built by Yankee - in 1965/66, probably on an O'Day supplied hull, and probably with an O'Day supplied glass deck and cockpit? The last O'Day boats had fiberglass coamings with wood caps that look exactly like this.
November 16, 2011. Well, its happened again! A routine follow up with Phoebe produced the following:
It's good to hear from you, as always!
After putting Spectra up for sale, I had some time to reflect, and realized that I actually could not bear to sell her! So what did I do instead? I spent way too much money getting her fixed up! She is almost ready, and I will send pics of her with her new makeover as soon as the Marine Repair folks are finally done working on her. Something about these Dolphins - you just can't quit them!
As constant reminders can be painful, we have removed most of the For Sale evidence from Spectra's page and buried it in a link.
Welcome back, Phoebe!
January 2, 2014. Phoebe is a travellin' lady and Spectra needs some companionship when she is away. Phoebe tells about about a neat arrangement with Spectra's former owner, and a move to a new marina with another Dolphin as a slipmate! Google Earth helps us follow her track (minor edits). We put this up in our short Stories Section as well.
Hi Ron -
A very Happy New Year to you! I have a kind of neat story to share with you and our fellow Dolphin 24 owners. To make a very long story short, Brent Adams - from whom I bought Spectra seven or so years ago - and I have kept in touch off and on during the years, bonded and connected as we are to Spectra. For the past year or so, Spectra has been at the Martinez Marina in Martinez, CA, but it was not a very good situation for her (run-down marina and the Delta over-run with power boats).
As insane as it is for me to even have a boat due to the fact that I work overseas in Africa for up to a year at a time, something unexplainable prevents me from just up and putting Spectra up for sale. To paraphrase the line in the movie, "I just can't quit her." Anyway, recently Brent and I have been back in touch, and because I am leaving for Liberia in early January, Brent agreed to look after Spectra and give her the ample sailing time that she so deserves.
December 31st, Brent and his son sailed Spectra all the way (some 36 miles, I believe) from the Martinez marina to Spectra's new (and much improved) home at Fortman Marina in Alameda.
Click on the above pictures for larger views
While they were sailing Spectra down to Alameda, I drove over to Fortman Marina to sign Spectra up for a slip there. While looking at various docks for a suitable slip, I was somehow drawn to "Dock D." Low and behold, as I moved along Fortman Marina Dock D,
I spotted ANOTHER Yankee Dolphin, Vallhala!
One choice is no choice, so Spectra (thanks to Brent and son) is now tied up across from Valhalla. So there are now 2 Yankee Dolphins at Fortman Marina in Alameda.I see from the Rosters that Valhala went to Southern California a few years ago, but now she is obviously back in the San Francisco Bay area. Perhaps Brent and Valhala's owner will meet someday soon!
All the best from yet another nutso Dolphin 24 lover,
Phoebe McKinney, Owner of Spectra, Yankee Dolphin # 78
ps January 5, 2014 click here for more pictures in the Stories Section
November 25, 2014
- Spectra was for sale over the past 2 months but Phoebe has decided to take her off the market. As is our practice the ad and related emails have been removed to a special link so owners can avoid constantly reliving this painful process...